There are a few personalities in the entertainment industry that generate buzz and garner respect when they speak on industry-wide issues. In this case, James Cameron is playing the role of 3D advocate, as he always does, and mentions how he’s working with the BBC to create the big screen release of Walking with Dinosaurs. Though this should be absolutely stunning, Cameron does let you know how he feels about the BBC holding back with 3D a bit:
“The BBC has held back a little bit with 3D…BSkyB has jumped in and ESPN has jumped in.”
It’s obvious that Cameron has faith that the BBC can dominate the region’s 3D broadcasting, but the hesitation has already cost them some valuable ground. The costs associated with development have been steadily dropping, and because of that, the BBC should make a move – it’s obvious that everyone else is!
Cameron goes on in the interview to explain how he believes that it’s time for the BBC to make the muscle move into the industry. 3D is obviously here to stay, and as the development costs continue to plummet, it will only lead to more competition, as smaller organizations can start to get into the 3D movement.
Cameron brings up a great point, and with Wimbledon getting broadcast in 3D to the public, there should be some BBC moves in the near future. Obviously, they plan on working with Cameron on some 3D content, but how far they’re willing to take things may be up in the air for a bit longer.
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First time in the history of 2K sports’ Top spin 4, Andre Agassi will be on the cover. He is a famous tennis player. It is for the post release of the NBA 2K11, 3D as well as the PlayStation move support.
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Most of the people do not watch 3D because they are not interested in the video games and animated features. You are not aware that there are 3D content available for everyone and this has been ensured by Penthouse. Penthouse has announced that they are preparing to launch a new channel of adult 3D. By the second quarter of 2011 this channel will be available for the US household. All kind of producers are involving themselves in creating this so that they can bring this to the market as soon as possible.
This has been in process since summer and now the Penthouse is able to finalize the launch date for the first 3D channel for adults. The adult programming shot in 3D and native high definition will be featured in this channel every month. The technological acumen, content delivery and filmmaking are the fields in which Penthouse is expert in.
The CEO of the FriendFinder networks Marc Bell said that to provide the perfect 3D production quality they have invested their best effort and they have started the shooting in 3D since the past summer. Penthouse is believe in giving excitement to the customers by the best 3D content and that is why Penthouse remained best compared to any other big branded companies of entertainment. They deliver 3D to their customer as per their taste.
Penthouse is already getting compliments for the HD channel of Penthouse that is quite successful over the past many years. They are delivering their network in more than fifteen countries and covering over thirty platforms till date. In the long term emerging and entertainment media Penthouse is known to be the leader and maintaining the same position from long time. There are no other companies available that can beat Penthouse in the entertainment network. With the available cutting edge technology there are more versions of Penthouse available for the people. So people will have more and more options to choose from the various versions.
The people are eagerly waiting for Penthouse to introduce the 3D channel to them.
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The rumors regarding The Great Gatsby that it will be shot in the 3D effect is not enough, probably Fuji TV and Sony are working together on a drama which is shot with the 3D effect and will be broadcasted next week. The 10 episodes of the drama Tokyo Control will be shot in 3D for the cable subscribers. This drama episode is based on the life of the workers of air traffic controller. For the time being we will have to just wait and see how the broadcast is accepted, but at night 3D broadcasts of Wheel of Fortune as well as Jeopardy are apparently waiting.
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Juggling both 2D and 3D productions side by side has become too expensive for ESPN to handle, so much so that they’ve decided to scrape the 2D production altogether. This week ESPN is going to stick to the 3D production of “Friday Night Fights” for its weekly simulcasts, marking its 3D debut on ESPN 3D.
Phil Orlins, Coordinating Producer said that the left camera rig will be used to feed the 2D viewers. All in all, six cameras will be mounted and manned – one using a tripod, three held by hand, one in ultra slow motion and one on a boom. A seventh unmanned camera will remain in a fixed position.
However, not all is hunky dory in the new 3D world for ESPN. There is still of course the problem of commercial insertions and promo adverts, which are of course different for both 2D and 3D viewing. The intricacies of this situation are still being worked out by the producers who spoke to 3DHollywood.net and other media channels.
This cost slashing tactic will continue and has been extended to a college basketball game which is to be simulcast on ESPN3D.
Slight differences will be seen in the broadcast of three boxing matches – a 10 rounder, 4 rounder and 10 rounder, while still using the same 3D camerca techniques to cover simulcast events.
Matt Sandulli, Senior Coordinating Producer explained that in 3D feed, graphics will be rearranged because of the depth that 3D provides. This means that for “Friday Night Fights” the countdown clock and the fighter’s name will appear on the top of the screen as opposed to the bottom. This is because in 3D pre-set depth of the overlays conflicts with the depth of the people and objects.
Other sports that used a clock to show the time left, also noticed this discrepancy and as a result resorted to the same move, especially in football and basketball games.
Owing to the nature of 3D viewing, Orlins said, the number of cuts or switches made to different cameras will be fewer and far in between because of the readjustment it takes for the human eye to focus on 3D image again. Sandulli said they’re going to try a new approach where the handheld camera will zoom in on the boxers and mirror their movements to provide a greater visual impact, so that it feels as real as possible.
Commentary for the sporting events will be provided by 3D announcers Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, coming straight from the ringside. This move, Sandulli said was not based on the 3D element but on the lack of available personnel.
This move was welcomed both by the announcers and producers of “Friday Night Fights”. All these subtle changes, they believe, is what will make boxing benefit the most from the 3D element because of the cameras being right near the action.
Tessitore excitedly goes on to say that everyone at ESPN has been waiting for this moment since ESPN 3D was announced. One may wonder that with all the hype, why was boxing one of the last sports to be introduced to the ESPN 3D channel. The answer all lies in timing, the boxing series began anew last month, and the MLB All Star Game and college football was being experimented with from August onwards.
Orlins went on to say that despite 3D being the best coverage for a sport like boxing, there are a few challenges that are yet to be overcome. For example, if one gets too close to the action, with the 3D camera too close, then the danger of creating a double image arises because the two lenses from the right and left camera cannot converge. They’ve figured out a way to minimise this by using a beam splitter camera rig which straps to the two cameras together and brings them closer. However this would require a bigger set up.
Fewer commercials will be used for the 3D broadcast until they create new 3D ones, until then 2D ones will be substituted. They will also be used to create a market for the ESPN 3D channel, since it’s going to be a regular channel from Monday onwards.
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Making use of Latest 3D technology, N4D and Cirque Dreams are planning to launch a stage performance in 3D format in the year 2013. The performance will make use of 3D technology experts, N4D and entertainment masters, and Cirque dreams and it will combine the essence of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. It is assumed that the gorgeous 3D technology will enliven the characters on stage for the first time ever in the history of 3D technology. The innovative idea is still in the development stage and a lot needs to be done before its successful launching in 2013. The owners of these companies are looking for a spectacular and splendid launch of their revolutionary idea on stage by 2013. Cliff Parker and Goldberg, CEO of N4D and Cirque dreams respectively, have clearly stated in their joint interview the intentions and expectations they have from this innovative technology.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy was an instant hit in 2008 with it being the first ever stage performance on Broadway stage and the two brands are again joining hands together to heighten its popularity by launching in 3D format. It will not only be entertaining but also a collaboration of entertainment industry with 3D world for the first time ever. The characters will be defying the laws of gravity as it will be 3D stage performance and will surprise the human eye due to varied depths and requisite sharpness produced by this imagery technique.
Cirque Dreams has been a reputed brand in stage performances globally and it has got excellent media attention of world’s renowned newspapers and magazines. The company forms a chain of companies and it includes holiday resorts, hotels and restaurants, Illumination and lightning and many others. The company boasts of hosting a performance on Norwegian Epic (NCL) for the very first time. Cirque Dreams Holidaze boasts of hosting an engagement at John F Kennedy Center of performing Arts and another show is scheduled to be released in summer of 2011. You may visit the following link to have more information on this world reputed brand: www.cirqueproductions.com
N4D on the other hand, is a leader in 3D technology globally and it has introduced S3D technology as well. It has made the 3D experience much comfortable and enhanced the viewing times. It has got the support of world class scientists and engineers to achieve new and revolutionary changes in 3D technology every passing day.
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3D television network 3net announced that ten more programs will join the titles that were announced previously in the premium line up of the network during February. This television network is a joint venture from Sony Corporation, IMAX Corporation and Discovery Communications. Millions of customers of Direct TV throughout the country can avail 3net, which debuted on 13th February, 2011 on channel 107 of Direct TV at 5PM PT/8 PM ET.
Tom Cosgrove, the Chief Executive Officer and President of 3net said that their commitment of delivering most immersive and the highest quality experience of 3D TV at home are second to none. Every program starting from the original series to the acquired premieres are held up to the standard of native 3D TV which is developed together with the expertise of all the three joint venture partners in extensive 3D. The mission of 3net is to become a leading network in the industry by offering the best entertainment as well as emotional immersion to the viewers of 3D television.
The network will offer an exceptional rollout of authentic 3D series as well as new program throughout the month of February. The new programs will debut every night at 6 PM PT/ 9 PM ET. This will include the following programs that were announced:
Oceania Air Show: This program will offer you 3D experience of high performance pyrotechnics and aerial maneuvers from elite professionals throughout the world along with demonstration of thrilling tactics by best aviators from the Navy.
I (Almost) got away with it: Randall Zandstra shot the boyfriend of his ex-wife and got a prison term of 12 years. A retrial was held because of a technicality. Zandstra fled from the jail, ran to Las Vegas, won lots in poker and started to run mail fraud. Finally he was tracked down by the authorities and now he is in a prison in New Jersey.
Puppy Bowl VII: The latest in the lengthy yearly event that takes place during the Super Bowl has a record viewership of 9.2 million. Now 3net brings the native version of 3D. This program features around 50 rescue puppies of various breed that are brought together in a field that is 19 feet long.
World 3D TV Premieres
The Last Buffalo: William Lishman, the world famous inventor and artist, forges a huge metal statue that has images from the beautiful Alberta Badlands, where the eagles fly over a mountain lion in search of a stampede of buffaloes.
3D Safari- Africa: This program offers a deep journey into the Dark Continent. It explores the habitats and the animals of the wild. This program is an outcome of months of explorations and takes the viewers to the open deserts for capturing the striking creatures like lion, wildebeest and hippo as they roam around their natural habitat.
Bugs- A rainforest adventure: This is a nature drama and is narrated by actress Judi Dench. It was shot in Borneo and also in a studio in Oxford, England. It explores the life and death of a butterfly and a praying mantis that are known by their respective Latin names Papilio and Hierodula.
The 3net Premieres
3D Sun: This program offers witnessing of the most magnificent auroras on the Earth by standing over the Arctic Circle. It provides a ride from the surface of the sun to the Magnetosphere of the Earth in a solar blast. Watch the strongest explosions taking place in the Solar System which are equal to the strength of a nuclear bomb of one billion megaton. Find out how electronic equipments are disrupted, geomagnetic storms are created and the patterns of Earths weather are influenced by these explosions.
Under the sea 3D: Get prepared for a face to face meeting with the Great White Sharks, playing Sea Lions and the flamboyant Cuttlefishes. The film is narrated by actor Jim Carrey and it delivers a unique way of exploring the beauty under the sea and assessing global climate change’s influence on the Great Barrier Reef.
Deep Sea 3D: It is narrated by Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp and explores the variety of life in the ocean. A wide range of ocean creatures will be seen starting from the giant octopus to the Rainbow Nudibranch. You will be able to enjoy an encounter between an octopus and a shrimp that challenges it. You will also see surprising scenes of a fish cleaning the shells of a turtle.
Dinosaurs- Giants of the Patagonia: This program is narrated by actor Donald Sutherland. Through this program you will be able to travel back into the ancient world of Patagonia. Here the massive dinosaurs will come into your living room in 3D. You will watch the Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, the huge plant eater. They will be seen challenging the T-Rex.
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After starting its original production in 3D with the sixteenth X Games last summer and telecasting the X Games 3D Movie in 2009, ESPN is getting prepared to cover the fifteenth Winter X Games across its different platforms. ESPN2 and ESPN are set to broadcast 24 hours of live sports in high definition. The ESPN 3D will provide eighteen hours sports action throughout 9 different individual windows. ESPN3 will also join the action with coverage of 34 hours that includes ten hours of streaming video and exclusive coverage. 23 hours of X games coverage is offered by ESPN mobile TV and the owners of iOS and Android devices will able to avail the action with more information. There will be 56 high definition cameras and 13 cameras that have 3D capability. The slow motion I-Movix camera that was used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be back in action and replays will be provided by the Mega Mo by capturing picture at 4500 frames per second.
Eighteen hours of X games action on ESPN 3D
As a part of their continuous goal to become the leading provider of content in action sports, ESPN3 and ESPN will combine together for televising live programming of 24 hours from the fifteenth Winter X Games that will be held in Aspen, Colorado from 27 to 30th Jan. Apart from the 24 hours of telecast by ESPN2 and ESPN, the leading sports network will also present the event of the fifteenth Winter X Games for 18 hours in 3D through the ESPN 3D. ESPN will also distribute the content of the Winter X Games Fifteen across its family of global platforms and international networks which includes ESPN.com, ESPN3.com, X Center and Mobile TV.
ESPN will deliver Winter X Games Fifteen to over 380 million homes and they will televise the event live to more than 150 countries as well as territories, that includes Asia, Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Middle East. The most magnificent winter sport action will be delivered to the fans by ESPN on more number of platforms. This will include all the snowboard and ski action from the Slopestyle, Big Air and Super Pipe events.
ESPN2 and ESPN will come together for televising live winter sport action for 24 hours and eight different windows of the original event will be produced. Apart from this, nine windows will be featured by ESPN 3D. Highlights of the event will be aired daily by X Center. Sal Masekela will again host the Winter X Games along with several talented on air commentators. The nightly show at the X Center will be again hosted by Dana Jacobson of ESPN. Every episode of the X Center nightly show will run for one hour after the telecast of the Winter X Games. The live coverage of the fifteenth Winter X Games on ESPN 3D will be collectively hosted by veteran commentators Chris Ernst, Jamie Little and Kier Dillon.
Sal Masekela will be joined by a team of experts on action sports that includes Mike Douglas, Kevin Pearce, Chris Burandt and Zach Crist for the telecast of the fifteenth Winter X Games. They will analyze the events of Skiing, Snowmobile and Snowboarding. The telecast will also be joined by Canadian Skier Sarah Burke.
ESPN recorded the most viewed and highest rate Winter X Games in 2010. The fourteenth Winter X Games averaged a rating of 1.2 with 1628000 viewers and 1147000 homes on the ESPN and a rating of 0.5 with 635,000 viewers and 465,000 homes on the ESPN2.
34 hours of the Fifteenth Winter X Games coverage will be distributed by ESPN3.com that includes ten hours of steaming video and exclusive content of the competition. ESPN.com/Action will offer onsite coverage of the event on daily basis. The 24/7 website of action sports will feature athlete chats, live results, live video, event recaps, expert commentary, feature stories and photo galleries. Live 23 hours of the event coverage will be provided by ESPN Mobile TV. The viewers of the Mobile TV will be capable of participating in text voting and they will receive mobile alerts throughout the day. The mobile applications of the Winter X Games Fifteen will be available on the Android devices and other devices like the iPhone and the iPod Touch. These applications include venue information, athlete bios, customizable schedules, photo galleries and results.
On Demand TV and Mobile will carry the contents of the Winter X Games Fifteen featuring daily highlights along with Best of Snowboard, Best of Snowmobile and Best of Ski. It will also offer past highlights from the last three Winter X Games events and the titles of Shaun White. The event will be telecasted on the international broadband network of ESPN in 12 countries.
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The next special event that is scheduled for the n3D channel of the Direct TV is the finale of the Formula Drift season. It is the round 7 of the season which is going to be the title fight. The two special events of one hour will feature track action along with interviews with racing drivers such as Tanner Foust.
The Formula Drift event will debut in 3D on Direct TV; exclusively available on n3D.
The n3D will provide the fans of motorsport with coverage of the 2010 title event of the Formula Drift in 3D this February. The race track will be brought into your living room by Direct TV when they will exclusively broadcast the Title Fight event or Round 7 of the Formula Drift in 3D. The event will be presented on n3D, the 3D channel of Direct TV, channel 103. The event begins at 8 p.m. ET on 4th February, Friday and the customers of Direct TV will have access to the event, which will include extensive coverage of the race, exclusive interviews and footage behind the scenes, everything in 3D.
The 3D special that is produced by Formula Drift and Direct TV, will follow the exciting action of title event of the 2010 season of Formula Drift, which took place at Irwindale’s Toyota Speedway in October ;last year. The footage will have:
• Full coverage of the season finale- the Title Fight. This will include the final rivalry between Vaughn Gittin and Tanner Foust, two time champion of the Formula Drift.
• Exclusive interviews with the pro drivers of the Formula Drift.
• Tips of drifting by professional drivers that include Tanner Foust.
• Footage behind the scenes with Ryan Sage and Jim Liaw, the owners of the Formula Drift.
• Coverage of the actions off the track that include fans, import models and vendors.
According to Chris Long, the senior vice president of the entertainment division of Direct TV, watching the Formula Drift event in 3D at home will make you feel that the entire action is taking place in the middle of your room. This exciting and action-packed event will be made much more compelling for the home viewers due to the 3D technology.
According to Ryan Sage, the co-founder and vice-president of Formula Drift this project is highly ambitious as for the first time the drifting sport is going to be telecasted in 3D. The features of 3D filming are perfect for the physics and nature of the sport. Watching the Formula Drift event is 3D is one of the most exciting and visceral things to watch in the 3D format.
Panasonic sponsored n3D available to millions of customers of Direct TV without any additional cost. The n3D has provided exclusive coverage of the 2010 U.S. Open Grand Slam and the 2010 Major League Baseball All Star Game. Apart from this customers of n3D have access to various 3D programming. All of the 3D offerings of Direct TV and n3D are sponsored by Panasonic.
The customers of Direct TV High Definition received a software upgrade free of cost that helps them in accessing the 3D channels on the Direct TV. For watching the 3D programming, the customers of Direct TV High Definition will require 3D glasses and a 3D television.
Direct TV is the most popular satellite television network in the World. It offers video service that involves unmatched programming and comprehensive packages. It offers excellent customer service to over 27 million customers spread all over the United States and different parts of Latin America. The 19 million customers of Direct TV in the USA are offered with access to 5.1 surround sound and 160 high definition channels. Direct TV also serves its customers throughout Latin America through its affiliated companies and subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and other countries in the region. It leads the category of pay TV in service, technology and programming and delivers an unrivaled experience of digital television to its customers.
Formula Drift is the professional drifting championship in North America which is into its eighth season. Drifting, which was founded in the streets of Japan, has turned into a competitive sport worldwide and challenge the vehicle control and driving ability of a driver. In the Formula Drift several professional drifters enter the nationwide competition in seven events to win the title. This is the first official drifting series in the US which has taken professional motorsports to an extreme level. It has attracted various car enthusiast and motorsports fans of various regions.
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Do you have a 3D TV and want more and more 3D content? Yes Network can help you. It is going to3D broadcast the Yankees-mariners games live from Seattle on July 10 and 11.
This is the first major League Baseball game, which is broadcasted in 3D. It will be transmitted by DirecTV in conjunction with Panasonic, a sponsor, Verizon FiOS TV and numerous cable operators, such as Cablevision, Cox, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Time Warner Cable, Blue Ridge and ComCast.
If you have a passion for baseball, it is quite natural that you want to watch the Yankees-Mariners games. There are numerous other baseball broadcasts in 3D TV. The Major League Baseball all star game will be conducted on July 13 and it will be 3D broadcasted on Fox. You can also see pre game home run match on the new ESPN 3D channel.